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Arkansas lawmakers pass revised religious objections bill

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, the Arkansas lawmaker behind the state's original religious freedom proposal, enters a committee room with a reworked bill before a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a revised religious objections measure after Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked for changes in the wake of mounting criticism that a previous bill endorsed discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Michigan governor reiterates he would veto religious objections bill that doesn’t protect gays

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.)
Gov. Rick Snyder warned Thursday that he would veto religious objections legislation unless lawmakers also send him a bill extending anti-discrimination protections to gays. [...]

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Hundreds gather at Arkansas Capitol over religious freedom bill

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Demonstrators in favor of a religious freedom bill that Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson wanted rewritten, foreground, gather at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., as opponents, left, demonstrate against the bill, Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Hundreds of supporters and opponents of Arkansas' religious conscience bill that has been criticized as anti-gay stood divided at the state Capitol steps. [...]

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Angie’s List rejects changes to Indiana religious freedom law as ‘insufficient’

Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Angie's List, which last week halted a $40 million expansion in Indianapolis, has become the first major local company to reject the deal hammered out by Indiana legislators to "fix" the state's widely criticized religious freedom law. [...]

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Indiana commerce groups praise proposed tweaks to religious freedom law

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Indiana
Two of Indiana's largest business groups are praising proposed changes to the state's new religious freedom law. [...]

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Florida House panel approves bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse gay couples

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee.
Private agencies would be able to cite religious or moral grounds to turn away same-sex couples seeking to adopt children under a bill that's ready for a House vote. [...]

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Indiana unveils changes to religious freedom bill; LGBT rights groups say it’s not enough

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to oppose the religious freedom legislation.
Indiana lawmakers on Thursday announced changes they plan to make to the state's new religious freedom law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and others who have called the proposal anti-gay, but LGBT rights groups said the fix doesn't go far enough. [...]

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Judge: University of Pittsburgh transgender locker room ban didn’t discriminate

Thursday, April 2, 2015
University-of-Pittsburgh
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from a transgender man who alleged the University of Pittsburgh expelled and subjected him to FBI scrutiny after a dispute over using a men's locker room. [...]

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Why businesses are speaking out against ‘religious freedom’ laws

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon is among the business leaders who urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinsen to veto a bill in Arkansas that critics said would open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Walmart, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas. But why? [...]

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Arkansas governor’s son thrust into national spotlight over religious freedom bill

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Seth Hutchinson, son of Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson.
Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson opening opening a new conference by saying the issue has become so divisive that his own son, Seth, was among those who signed a petition asking him to veto the bill. [...]

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